I think Karl was trying to like it a little more than I was, but the thing is.. he was still trying. I love movies. And I love eye candy. And for the first 10 minutes you're willing to put aside all of the inane shit and just be happy with the visuals. But then the visuals just sink into that established place where you know this is how things will look and you forget about them. Unfortunately for the movie, that means you end up paying attention to things like acting, pacing, and plot.
I know that this was an attempt to relive the sci-fi classics of the early part of the century. I know that this was a take on those fantastical notions of how the world would be in the future with our JetPacks and Atomic Age tranquility. It's not a matter of "not getting it" (which is the majority answer to anyone saying that they didn't like this movie). I know that this was a lot of overblown broad strokes kind of stuff.
This is just a bad movie. Gwenyth Paltrow seems to have left her acting ability in some other film and both her and Jude Law are somehow playing the most utterly unlikeable hero and heroine I've ever seen in a film where you're supposed to like the hero and heroine. Of all the people in the movie Angelina Jolie manages to turn in the least offensive bit of acting, that more or less amounts to some smirking and an accent.
The thing they are missing the most of is heart. That's why movies of the 40s and 50s as well as 60s and 70s Hong Kong films are so watchable despite their silliness, over the top acting, and blocky plots. It's becuase they MEANT it. They really WERE that innocent. They really DID care that much. There was a sweetness to those movies that lets you forgive the mugging.
This movie tried really really hard, but in the end it comes down to a director and screen writer wanting to embrace the LOOK but forgetting about the whole guileless wonder of the 30s that drove it. It's a lot of fluff (that actually wasn't all that great given the numerous GLARINGLY poor matted CGI sequences) that tries way too hard and ulitmately ends up just another insult your intelligence fest.